Scientists find drug-resistant gonorrhea ‘superbug’ in Japan

July 11, 2011JAPAN – Scientists have found a “superbug” strain of gonorrhea in Japan that is resistant to all recommended antibiotics and say it could transform a once easily treatable infection into a global public health threat. The new strain of the sexually transmitted disease — called H041 — cannot be killed by any currently recommended treatments for gonorrhea, leaving doctors with no other option than to try medicines so far untested against the disease. Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with colleagues from Japan in samples from Kyoto, described it as both “alarming” and “predictable.” Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it,” he said. In a telephone interview Unemo, who will present details of the finding at a conference of the International Society for Sexually Transmitted Disease Research (ISSTDR) in Quebec, Canada on Monday, said the fact that the strain had been found first in Japan also followed an alarming pattern. “Japan has historically been the place for the first emergence and subsequent global spread of different types of resistance in gonorrhea,” he said. The team’s analysis of the strain found it was extremely resistant to all cephalosporin-class antibiotics — the last remaining drugs still effective in treating gonorrhea. Gonorrhea is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection and if left untreated can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the world and is most prevalent in south and southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of cases is estimated at around 700,000 a year. British scientists said last year that there was a real risk of gonorrhea becoming a superbug — a bacteria that has mutated and become resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics — after increasing reports of gonorrhea drug resistance emerged in Hong Kong, China, Australia and other parts of Asia. Experts say the best way to reduce the risk of even greater resistance developing — beyond the urgent need to develop effective new drugs — is to treat gonorrhea with combinations of two or more types of antibiotic at the same time. –Reuters
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9 Responses to Scientists find drug-resistant gonorrhea ‘superbug’ in Japan

  1. PansPermia says:

    Stop using the antibiotics (which of course is hardly feasible), and all this ‘evolution’ will reverse itself, as the bacterial populations shift back again to favour the more hardy, less resistant varieties.

    When these new strains are forced to compete with the ordinary bacteria which normally thrive on our skin, they would not have a chance.

    Antibiotics and antiseptics being used keep wiping out the ordinary bacteria which would normally outcompete, wipe out and otherwise keep in check these ‘superbugs’.

    ‘Supergerms’ are actually not ‘super’ at all. They are generally less hardy, and less fit to survive outside of special conditions.

    This is why a few microbiologist are concerned about these super-infections has mused (only partly tongue in cheek) that the best thing to happen in major hospitals might be to dump truckloads of germ-laden dirt into the corridors, rather than keep on applying more and more chemicals in a never-ending ‘arms race’ against the bacteria. In other words, stop using the antibiotics (which of course is hardly feasible), and all this ‘evolution’ will reverse itself, as the bacterial populations shift back again to favour the more hardy, less resistant varieties.

    Bacterial populations multiply at incredibly high rates. In only a matter of a few years, bacteria can go through a massive number of generations, equivalent to millions of years in human terms. Therefore, since we see mutation and natural selection in bacterial populations happening all the time, we should see tremendous amounts of real evolution happening. However, the bacteria we have with us today are essentially the same as those described by Robert Koch a century ago. In fact, there are bacteria found fossilised in rock layers, claimed by evolutionists to be millions of years old, which as far as one can tell are the same as bacteria living today.

    When next you read about ‘supergerms’, remember that everything known about them is consistent with the Genesis creation of an originally good, complex world ruined by sin.

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  2. Beano says:

    STD’s have been on the cusp of anti biotic resistance for years. Fortunately laboratories have always come up with “treatments just in time”.
    There are already strains of M.R.S.A. infecting water supplies in India and other places as well as in hospital areas in most first world countries.
    The dread is that development laboratories will be overtaken.
    Going to hospital for a small treatment these days is potentially coming home with a long lasting infection.

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  3. Dennis says:

    unprotected sex from unclean human organs and multiple partners is not good either.

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  4. carolyn says:

    ummm…don’t feel like looking for links, but wealthy Japanese men are the number one client in the world for asian brothels full of little girls. Little, like 7,8 years old. They fly over for a week at a time to indulge their perversions. “Japan has historically been the place for the first emergence and subsequent global spread of different types of resistance in gonorrhea”.

    Let them all die, they deserve a horrible death. You can be sure that if a treatment is discovered they will have money to get it while prepubescent girls and the wives back home they infected will die instead.

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  5. Nam-Era Vet says:

    So I have heard rumors about US troops in SE Asia getting a drug resistant STD \ VD and were sent to some place where they where isolated and a letter sent home to the next of family

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    • Dennis says:

      I heard that same rumor more than once during my 1st tour of S. Korea 78-79 and that it was an island off the southern coast, never verified, could be true though based on the conduct of some soldiers……………..

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  6. Snapper says:

    Silver was not a very effective treatment in the pre-antibiotic era for gonorrhea and it is not now. Silver could only be used topically. Silver has no activity against viruses. Gonorrhea infections are found in the rectum, throat, urethra and cervix. Before the antibiotic era, gonorrhea was a dread disease. It will certainly become that again if it takes off as predicted. It is much more infectious than HIV. Your best defence is condoms for all types of sex, including oral or being in a truly monogamous relationship with one uninfected partner for life. Gonorrhea causes blindness, pelvic infections, bone infections and rapidly fatal heart failure if left untreated in some cases. Pelvic infections increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and that also can be fatal. The time to be careful and smart about things is right now.
    MRSA by the way is in most hospitals. And the numbers are high. We do not have antibiotics just in the nick of time. People are dying from these infections because we are running out of useful treatments. Gonorrhea has always been a super bug. It has been rapidly developing resistance to all drugs classes since the 1970s.

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